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obama. obviously in denver, saying the economic policies of mitt romney are a relapse and the president is exactly correct. romney rattled off his five-point plan last night just as he has done on the stump. energy independence, education, trade agreements, cutting the deficit and help for small businesses. the website, nextnewdeal, discovered this five-point plan, well, has been pushed before. by senator john mccain when he accepted the republican nomination four years ago. the five points were in a different order, but in the speech, exactly the same thing. there's really no real difference. four years earlier, here it is, an almost identical five-point plan was offered by president george w. bush when he was accepting the republican nomination for re-election. now, the five points were in a different order in this speech, in the actual speech. small businesses were mentioned twice. you get the picture in all of this. bush also repeatedly mentioned no child left behind even though it wasn't one of the five points. we need to see president obama dismantle romney as more of the same and
to say something controversial here. obama arrived in denver at 2:00 p.m. today. just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. when you go to 5,000 feet and you only have a few hours to adjust, i don't know, maybe -- >> both candidates are visiting key battleground states today starting with virginia. nancy cordes is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, charlie. >> what is the president's team, what reasons are they giving for his performance? >> reporter: well, there's the charitable view and there's the not so charitable view. the charitable view from inside the campaign is this was a strategy that kind of went yoaw. it was for the president to stay above the fray, remain presidential and not mix it up with momry. romney came into the room loaded for bear. it made the president look weak and bored by comparison. not so charitable view is the president just didn't bring his a-game that night. that he was well prepared, that he's much more forceful in his arguments out on the campaign trail, but just didn't bring it into
performance, quote, obama arrived in denver at 2:00 p.m. a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver -- >> the altitude does affect you but take a 5 our energy drink and drive a few days earlier. [talking over each other] stuart: you agree altitude could have affected his performance? charles: al gore is saying mitt romney is someone who is smarter at being prepared. recently he is saying this is a guy who prepared properly for an important event when the president was at lake las vegas playing golf. that is the we want to frame at fine. you health and make my decision for november. liz: al gore said i will say something controversial and then he said it was the altitude. stuart: joe biden, tax the rich. >> obama and joe biden want to raise taxes by trillion dollars. guess what? yes we do in one regard. we want to let that trillion dollars tax cut expiry so the middle class doesn't have to bear the burden of all the money gone to the superwealthy. that is called fairness. stuart: he's referring to lead the bush tax cuts expire for the top 2%. where do we begin?
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's debate in denver. some democrats say they are surprised that president obama didn't bring up mitt romney's 47% comment. the campaign said the president was focusing on the moderators questions. both are waiting for the latest jobs report. they will release september numbers in less than 30 minutes nod. coming up at 5:15 we will take you to our washington, d.c. bureau with more on why some say this is the most important report of the year. >>> time now about 5:07. let's go to sal. people are getting out the door. or are we feeling friday light? >> we haven't had friday light in awhile. i really don't think we will have it today, but i hope i'm wrong about that. right now it's light because it's nice and early on 80 westbound it looks pretty good. wouldn't it be a nice surprise if we had a friday light today? it just seems like too many people are trying to get into the city all day long, all weekend long. you heard tara talking about it. westbound bay bridge this is what you want the bridge to look like. no problem there is. if you're driving in the south bay northbound 280 traffic does l
smoked obama! metaphorically, of course, mormons can't smoke! and folks, after last night's debate in denver our image of these two men has completely changed. and i am not the only one who knows it. >> it looked like romney wanted to be there and president obama didn't want to be there. >> stephen: yes! it was like obama wasn't even there. he hasn't done this poorly since he debated clint eastwood. (laughter) meanwhile-- (cheers and applause) meanwhile, romney was the alpha mitt, slapping obama around. and, anyone else who got in mitt away. >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i will stop other things. i like pbs. i like big bird, i actually like you too. but i'm not going to keep on spending money for things to borrow from china to pay for it. >> stephen: he just told the moderator who works at pbs, i'm going to throw your ass out on the street, old man! you-- (cheers and applause) you, not only you-- but all those freeloading muppets. that takes not just one ball, but two, two enormous balls! (applause) but, folks, as much as i enjoyed the triumph of the will
, blaming the high altitude in denver. >> obama arrived in denver just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. when you go to 5,000 feet -- >> exactly. >> -- and you only have a few hours to adjust -- >> that's interesting. >> -- i don't know. >> reporter: after hearing those comments and being asked about them last night mitt romney laughed al gore's answer off. after virginia, savannah, the president will head off to the battleground state of ohio and mitt romney goes to florida where he campaigns this weekend, the president ultimately ending up in california for a fund-raising event including a concert with john bone jovi, katy perry and stevie wonder. >> peter alexander from virginia, thank you. ed schultz is the host of "the ed show" on msnbc. >> good morning, savannah. >> you're a supporter of the president, your viewers are a supporter of the president. i think everybody in the political spectrum believed he slipped wednesday night. >> t c again. the margin of error, winning or losing in this campaign or this election is so tight right now, he just
obama's supporters wondered what went wrong in denver. >> when you go to 5,000 feet -- >> exactly. >> and you only have a few hours to adjust -- >> that's so true. >> i don't know, maybe... >> i'm sorry. yes. former vice president gore suggesting the altitude in the mile-high city was partly to blame. well, we should note that polls showed most americans thought that gore won his first debate with george w. bush. we know how that turned out. >>> meanwhile, mitt romney offered a new take on his infamous 47% comment. he initially said those remarks were not elegantly stated. well, tonight he now called them, quote, just completely wrong. mr. romney was asked what he would have said if the president had brought up the 47% during last night's debate. >>> flooding, wind, landslides, those are just a few of the words that come to mind when we hear the phrase el nino, as we head into what likely will be another el nino winter, our meteorologist paul deanno dig some digging and found that not all el ninos are created equal. >> they are not. all signs are pointing towards the first el nin
object the campaign trail with president obama. he campaigned yesterday in denver in wisconsin and really fired up and really calling mitt romney on what he saw smas of his inconsistencies during the debate. the problem is 67 million-plus people watched that debate. that was really the place where he needed to call mitt romney out. i guarantee you not that many people saw his comments from yesterday. even close to the dab. >> nowhere near that amount. brianna keilar. let me ask you a quick question about the jobs numbers. we are expecting those at 8:30. it might be the most watched job numbers before the election, i would guess. >> that's right. we are watching them and remember they also come out that friday before the election. so we will be watching that as well. this is number two and then number one will be right before the election. we are not expecting this to be good for president obama. these aren't expected to be great jobs numbers. it is unclear how good they would be for mitt romney if they are significantly worse than expected, then obviously that's going to play to mitt romn
, specifically the city of denver. roll this. >> obama arrived in denver at 2:00 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. when you go to 5,000 feet -- >> exactly. >> and you only have a few hours to adjust. >> that is interesting. >> i don't know, maybe --. bill: did you hear that voice in the background, that's interesting? now, it is true, and it is factual he left vegas around 2:00 in the afternoon. but just on the face, what do you think of that? >> well that may be its effect on vice president gore. i think the president is in peek physical condition. i think he could probably handle 5,000 feet. this is why the president had a problem in the macro explanation, is, people like al gore, suck up to the president. every president lives in a world without pierce, is trapped in this world where nobody can tell him the truth because he is the only president. but i think president more than any other i have seen is surrounded by suck ups, people who reinforce his sense he is above all of this. i think valerie jarrett sat next to mrs. obama dur
will be going to ohio. the obama campaign is regrouping after wednesday's big debate. at a rally in denver yesterday, the president accused republican challenger mitt romney of being dishonest. the obama campaign vows they will sharpen their attacks. >>> also mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today as well. he's holding what is called a coal country rally. just days after accusing the obama administration of crushing the coal industry. in the meantime mitt romney is now clarifying his controversial 47% statement. now he says he was complete his wrong when he said that half of americans are victims and dependent on the government. >>> goo news -- good news on the jobs front. the newly released jobs report shows the unemployment rate fell to 7.8% last month. coming up at 6:15 we will take you live to our washington, d.c. bureau. we'll let you hear more about how this report will effect the presidential election. >>> right now we want to go back over to sal. so he's keeping an eye on traffic. how does it look? >> it looks all right. we don't have a lot of slow traffic out there. we'
's uninspired performance, blaming high altitude in denver. >> obama arrived in denver just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. when you go to 5,000 feet. >> exactly. >> and you only have a few hours to adjust, i don't know. >> reporter: after hearing those comments and being asked about them, mitt romney laughed al gore's answer off. after virginia, savannah, the president heads to ohio, and mitt romney to florida where he campaigns this weekend. the president ending up in california for a fund-raiser, including a concert with john bon jovi, katy perry, and stevie wonder. >> thanks. chuck todd, nbc's political director and correspondent. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> a jobs report on one hand, the jobs added a lackluster figure, but unemployment dipped. in terms of the headline, does it benefit president obama? >> it benefits him in the tone of coverage today, right, in the way the media looks at him, in the way he's got something positive to talk about, and it is a psychological barrier. right after the democratic convention, all of that mo
injured in 2010. >> president obama is wasting no time firing after debate. he spoke to a crowd in denver. as we showed you. he was criticizing president nominee mitt romney and also where he would make cuts. >> when he was asked what he would actually do to cut the deficit. he would eliminate funding for public television. (auidence b oos) >> that was his answer. finally, somebody is getting tough on big bird. it is about time. we did not know that the big bird was driving the federal deficit. >> and as far as public television they are happy that people can agree that everybody likes big bird. they continue to campaign today in virginia and cleveland. >> meantime, the vice presidential rrally was in a virginia. the end are a are both and deaf --the nra are both endorsing the from the ticket. >> i got a chance to cut through the average campaign and instead riss-- the next persovice-presidential debate will be in new york october 16th. we also have a voice presidential debate with paul ryan. we will have live coverage of that go to our new channel. comcast 193 for the latest news, weath
. >> all i can set is that. i do not know where president obama was last night when he was not there in denver. whatever that means. i think the president has a lot of work to do. mitt romney change the race last night whether anyone wants to acknowledge it or not. it will be very interesting to see what the polls will say. he may get about a 3 to 5% bought. >> historically what polish showing is that a debate tends to move the undecided. i don't know if president of obamas numbers will go down but i do believe her romney's numbers will go up. if this is not good news for the president. romney has a tough elect to oracle capp ahead. but he may have changed race last night. does it matter if you have 50 million viewers?.? what you are hearing today is that we just decided not to. in a debate you have to side is going at the same time so if you have the chance to correct the truth then he should do a right then and there. people should not have to decide later whether he was telling the truth or not. the fact of the matter is that we probably will not pay that much attent
efforts to maintain a safe climate. >>> president obama rallied 12,000 supporters at a park in debver. -- in denver. he accused mitt romney of misleading voters and joked it wasn't the real mitt romney on stage with him last night. mitt romney made a surprise appearance at a meeting in denver. his sons introduced him. mitt romney referred to trickle down government and said he doesn't think that is something the american people believe in. twitter says last night's debate was the most tweeted about event in twitter's history. mitt romney was the clear winner according to twitter. they found 47,000 tweets with the word romney in there, versus 30,000 referring to president obama. in 30 minutes, what a lot of people are talking about, mitt romney's comment about cutting funding for pbs. a local station tells us how the viewers are responding. >>> fbi investigating the death of u.s. ambassador chris stevens, spent 12 hours at the scene of the attack. u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others were killed one month ago. attorney general eric holder said the probe has been ongoing and i
the debate, rather than fighting it. >> it looked like romney wanted to be there and president obama didn't want to be there. >> reporter: some even blamed denver's high elevation for the president's performance. >> when you go to 5,000 feet -- >> exactly. >> and you only have a few hours to adjust -- >> that's interesting. >> i don't know. >> reporter: last night, the president spent much time looking down at his podium, taking notes. and he squandered easy opportunities to go after romney, such as this moment. >> i like pbs, i love big bird. i actually like you, too. but i'm not going to spend money on things to borrow money from china to pay for. >> reporter: a wide opening, but the president took more than 14 hours to come up with a comeback. >> thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it's about time. >> reporter: many top democrats suggest that one of the problems, maybe one common to incumbents, the president has lived in a bubble for four years, surrounded by adulation, rarely challenged. the campaign today acknowledged they were going to conduct a reassessmen
on the winning side. >> it is the first day of the rest of the presidential campaign. the denver debate now in the rear-view mirror, presidential obama and republican presidential hopeful mitt romney hit the campaign trail in battleground states. >> how did dad do last night? . >> mitt romney made a surprise stop at the colorado conservative political action committee. the crowd and the candidate were clearly energized from what is widely viewed as a major debate victory. >> i know this is going to be a close-fought battle. we need to win colorado. if we do, you know what? we're going to take back the white house. >> the campaign stopped elsewhere in denver. the president took aim at some of romney's debate claims. >> when i got on to the stage i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney [ laughter ] but it -- but it couldn't have been mitt romney because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion dlrs in tax cuts to pay for the wealthy. i said didn't know anything about that. >> with election day less than five weeks a
for the games. minneapolis, 47. the denver headlights no earlier this morn84 degrees in dallas. back to you. >> thank you. president obama in battleground virginia today on the heels of the favorable jobs report. he started speaking at george mason university and wasted no time telling voters they need to vote for him in order to prevent another unemployment crisis. >> because of your strength and resilience, the strength and resilience of the american people, we have made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i cannot allow that to happen. i will not allow tha. that's why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. >> now the president heads to the battleground state of ohio for a campaign stop in cleveland. >> a personal dispute behind the deaths of photel chef and an american man from new york. he stole a gun from a hotel security guards in israel and fired several shots in the kitchen, killing the schef. killed police. he has not been identified. >> as ceremony to remember the victims of the d.c. sniper shootings was
unemployment has surprised most analysts. both barack obama and mitt romney were quick to seize on the numbers. here is our north america editor. >> snow in downtown denver slow down the rush hour, that millions of americans have no need form morning haste -- no need for morning haze. how to create more jobs has been central for this election. unemployment rose after barack obama became president, peaking at just over 10%. today's figure is the first time it has been under 8% for 44 months. >> this morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. [applause] >> the good news comes at the end of a bad week for the president where he was widely derided for a lackluster debate performance. now some feel he is back. >> we have made to much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i cannot allow that to happen. i will not allow that to happen. that is why i am running for a second term as president of the united states. >> blaming unemployment on the president has been central to the case of republicans. >> unde
in the battleground states of colorado and wisconsin. some have criticized obama's appearance in the first potential debate wednesday night, he appeared lackluster compared to more aggressive romney. obama hit back against his opponent during a rally in denver, accusing romney of backtracking over tax cuts for the wealthy. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. [laughter] but it could not have been in romney because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts to favor the wealthy. the fellow on stage last not said he did not know anything about that. >> mitt romney tried to capitalize on his high marks from the debate as he campaigned in the swing state of virginia. some critics noted obama fell to ask from the about his famous 47% comment that nearly half of americans believe they are victims entitled to government support. during a fox news appearance thursday night, sean hannity asked romney how he would have responded if obama had brought it up. >> clearly, in a campaign with hu
." >> reporter: the debate had facts and some were misleading or blatantly false. all eyes on denver, colorado, as governor and president obama faced off in their first presidential debate. our partners at fact check say there were many repeated claims which stretched the truth. let's start with president obama's take on romney's tax plan. >> this is where there's a difference because governor romney's central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> when president obama says that governor romney is going to provide a $5 trillion tax cut, he's only telling half the story. governor romney proposes a 20% across-the-board income tax cut, and to abolish the estate taxes. >> reporter: governor romney still hasn't described in detail how he's going to accomplish his revenue-neutral plans without raising taxes on the middle class, without increasing the deficit. now to president obama's claim that he'd only raise taxes on upper income people to where they were under president clinton. >> i have said that for incomes over $250,000 a year, that we should go back to the rates that we had when b
the september jobs numbers in a few hours now. this has president obama hits the campaign trail correcting the record mitt romney presented on the stage in denver. with the combination of that first debate and the jobs number, will mitt romney be boosted? >>> a full 23 days now after the attack on the american consulate in libya that killed four americans, including the u.s. ambassador. the fbi finally arrives on site to investigate. the question is, three weeks later, is there anything left to investigate? >>> and bobby valentine is out in boston after just one
people saw in denver on wednesday night, a sort of, it seemed uncharacteristic president obama. he was very passive. we saw a very different president obama on the trail yesterday. listen to what he said at one of his rallies in wisconsin. >> when i got on the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney. because the real mitt romney's been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. and yet, the fellow on the stage last night, who looked like mitt romney, said he did not know anything about that. >> now, i will tell you, zoraida, covering the president, this is the president that i'm used to seeing on the trail. this was a rally in wisconsin that had tens of thousands of people there. the problem for president obama is this wasn't what we saw on wednesday night. more than 67 million people saw that debate. i can guarantee you, not anywhere near that saw his comments from yesterday. >> no. you know what also, when he says that, you know, that wasn't the r
rather than fight. >> it looked like romney wanted to be there, president obama didn't want to be there. >> reporter: some blamed denver's high elevation for his performance. >> when you go to 5,000 feet, and you have a few hours to adjust. >> that's interesting. >> i don't know. >> the president spent much time looking down at his podium take notes. and squandered easy opportunities to go after romney. such as this moment. >> i like pbs. i like big bird. i like you too. but i am not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from chon ina to p for it. a wide opening. the president took more than 14 hours to come up with a come? back. >> thank goodness, somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it is about time. >> reporter: many top democrats suggest one of the problems may be one common to incumbents, the president has lived in a bubble, rarely challenged. the obama campaign acknowledged they will conduct a reassessment before the next debate. jake tapper, abc news, traveling with the president in madison, wisconsin. >> such a fascinating point, so true if you thin
, president obama tried to rebound from his pretty weak debate performance at a rally in denver. >> when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but it couldn't have been mitt romney. because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. the fellow onstage last night said he didn't know anything about that. >> tonight, the post-debate political landscape seems rather different. a whopping 67% think mitt romney won the debate. 25% for president obama. there's a long way to go in this debate and the divide between left and right is growing. that brings me to tonight's battleground america. the debate you have been waiting for. jennifer granholm versus newt gingrich. she's the former governor of michigan. he's of course, the former presidential candidate and speaker of the house. just as in last night's debate, we are running a clock at the bottom of your screen to keep track of speaking time for our debaters although frankly, i want a real debate. if you two decide
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. ♪ gerri: well, the obama campaign today pulling out all the stops as they head back and mitt romney following the president's disastrous showing at the denver debate this week. the new messages this to mitt romney is a liar. but will voters by it? joining me now populous a prize-winning columnist for the new york post and fox is contributor michael goodwin. great to see you, as always. i want to start, though -- will get to the lying in a minute, but mitt was apologizing last night about the off -- the 47% comment. here is what he said. >> in a campaign with hundreds, if not thousands beaches and question-answer sessions, now and then you are going to say something that doesn't come out right. i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100 percent. and that has been demonstrated throughout my life. this whole campaign is about the 100 percent. gerri: is it over for him? is this problem behind him? >> i think the president recognizes it was a failure on obama's part to bring this up because it was something that happened fairly recently. scored points wit
from 35% to 25%. >> clearly at that stage mr. obama should have turned to him and said you are not telling the american people the truth. just as he did today in denver when he said he wasn't telling the truth. he should have looked him in the eye and said mitt romney, you are not telling the american people the truth. and then proceed to walk through as clinton would have done the mathematics to prove it. i don't think romney would have been smart enough to figure out how to get out of that hit, but obama ignored that opportunity and i think that's a mistake. joan, you're correct. he will everywhere he goes, he will save the day and correct what he didn't do last night, but 58 million people will not be able to be contacted in time for him to make that correction. >> well, joan, last night romney made another surprising state on his health care plan this time. let's take a look at the latest variation on a theme which is i'm not as bad as i am. let's watch it. >> let's get the governor explain what you would do it obamacare is repealed. how would you replace it? >> actuall
to denver and go to two npr reporters, scott horsily, has the reporting from president obama's campaign, and ari shapiro has been traveling with mitt romney. hi, guys. ari shapiro, did your guy do what he came to do tonight? >> well, mitt romney had to stand on the stage and look presidential and a plausible alternative to president obama. he certainly cleared that bar. i think in many people's thought he went beyond, control the stage, giving memorable lines and standing up to the president, and occasionally the moderator in kind of an aggressive way. >> woodruff: scott what, about the president? you've been out on the trail listening to him. what differences? what similarities did you see tonight? >> well, he was really trying to get mitt romney to give some specifics about what het would mean for his tax pran. what would his changes to dodd-frank mean? what would his repeal of obamacare mean? he didn't hear the specifics. and i think the memorable line from president obama is, is romney keeping these details quiet because they're too good for the middle class? >> woodruff: are you--
said in denver if the 47% controversy had come up in that first presidential debate. it didn't. it was not raised by president obama. it was not raised by the moderator jim lehrer and i think the romney campaign was surprised on that. mitt romney had an answer to go and that's the one you heard last night. as for what you're talking about on whether mitt romney is shifting his policies, the obama campaign thinks he is. listen to the president yesterday on the campaign trail. >> when i got on the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney. because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy and yet the fellow on the stage last night who looked like mitt romney said he did not know anything about that. >> you can hear a lot more from the obama campaign and the candidate himself on that. the romney campaign, carol, pushing back saying, no, when it comes to health care, taxes, this is the same mitt romney and he's being co
was on the campaign trail. large crowds awaited both candidates actually on the trail. president obama greeted by some 30,000 supporters in madison, wisconsin, came out ready to fight back finally and showed some of the fire that people were looking for in denver. >> when i got on the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney. because the real mitt romney's been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy, and yet the fellow on the stage last night who looked like mitt romney said he did not know anything about that. but i just want to make sure i got this straight. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street, but he's going to crack down on sesame street. thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird. who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits? >> mika, what were your thoughts about barack obama not being able to deliver a single line like that when he didn't have the teleprompter and yesterday reading what his staff wrote for him so effectively
, it will be a competitive campaign -- if romney had as good of night in denver, and this doesn't move the polls by more than a point, then you have to almost just conclude it is just not in the cards for him this year. but obama still has electoral college problems he is going to give to romney. in ohio he is up by five on average in the polls that would give him enough votes to win the election. >> jamal: one more quick question, are you following the senate races at all? >> yes, people talk about obama's convention bounce, but in senate races there has been a bigger shift towards democrats, where we have about an 80% chance of keeping the senate. individual race especially in swing states in ohio florida, michigan, democratic candidates moved way ahead also in wisconsin and virginia so it seems like obama will have enough coat tails to have democrats keep the senate. at this point it is almost as likely that democrats would hold or maintain the number of seats and actually a net of three and lose the senate. >> thank you. that was nate silver from the "new york times" blog. the
a lot about psyching yourself up before a debate. president obama -- he did get into denver just two hours before the debate. do you think that based on his performance, it was somehow a miscalculation to sort of rush it? >> yeah. absolutely. you know, all the way back to 1960 in the first kennedy/nixon debate, the day of the debate, nixon's people put him out. he was doing events, he had speeches he gave the day of the debate which is nuts in retrospect. but i think even something as simple as a travel day why not do that the day before. it just seems like you don't want to take any risk that will throw your candidate off. you want them rested. you want them ready to go and i really don't -- i would like to hear somebody explain why they decided to fly him in that afternoon. >> jennifer: obviously they had a strategy in the debate about him being less combative. that he was going to be more presidential. that had to have been why he didn't punch back at every opportunity. i'm curious about the format going
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